This was recorded on June 14, 1929 in Richmond, Indiana. Dick Spottswood in "Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton" describes it as "[p]robably a cocaine song with ambiguous sexual overtones...."
December 24, 2005 Subject:
No, this isn't the origin of the famous Cream tune...
...but it's amazing nonetheless. I love how Charley Patton is both singing the song and commenting on it at the same time.
October 25, 2004 Subject:
This is one of Charlie Patton's all-time classic tunes. "Spoonful" is unique because first, it was Patton's only tune in open E tuning on his guitar, and next because the song shows us Patton's humorous side. It is also very interesting because in this one Patton departs from the norm of chords used: There are 7 instead of the usual 3. This tune, reportedly, was inspired by some of Patton's friends who used cocaine, and was to tell folks of the evils of using such.
A definite must have for any Blues fan.
January 30, 2004 Subject:
This is Charley Patton's best song.
July 10, 2003 Subject:
the sound quality of this recording is, well, about as can be expected for a record from the twenties. it's scratchy, but has a very genuine sound. the song itself is real cool, very twangy, and clearly this style of music has been influential over the last 80 some-odd years. definitely worth the quick download!